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JAMES WORSHAM & AMERICA HOWARD
1. James Worsham was b. abt 1808 VA
and d. 18 Apr 1854 Shelby, IL. He m America Howard 7 Mar 1826 Russellville, Logan, KY. She was b.
abt 1812 of Logan, KY, and d. 17 Apr 1854 Shelby, IL. James is in the 1830
& 1840 Sangamon Co, IL census.
On 10 Aug 1838 America Worsham of Sangamon Co., IL received a Patent for land
located on the south half of the South East quarter of Section thirty one in
Township fourteen North of the Base line of Range Two East, of the third
principal meridian in the District of Lands subject to sale at Vandalia, IL
containing eighty acres (BLM Lands Cert No. 5131)
James and America are in the 1850 Flatbranch,
Shelby Co, IL census. They are both bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby
Co, IL. According to the History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County:
" MAXCY, JOEL, was born about 1759, in Rockingham county. Va. He was a
soldier in a Virginia regiment in time of the Revolution, and was in the battle
of Guilford Court House. He remembered having seen Generals Marion, Morgan,
DeKalb and Gates. He was married after the war in Prince Edward county, to Mrs.
Susan Hill, whose maiden name was Davis. She had five children by her first
marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Maxcy had three children in Virginia; and in 1798 moved
to Warren county, near Bowling Green, Ky., where one child was born. Mrs. Susan
Maxcy died there Aug. 27, 1812. Of her four children, one only ever came to
Sangamon county… Joel Maxcy was married in Butler county, Ky., to Mrs. Betsey
A. Howard, whose maiden name was Brown. She was born Feb. 14, 1795, in Prince
Edward county, Va. She had two children, Mordecai and America Howard, both of
whom married and died in Shelby county, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Maxcy had two children
born in Butler county, Ky., and moved to Logan county -- same State, -- where
three children were born; and the family moved to Sangamon county, Ill.,
arriving Nov., 1827, at Springfield, and soon after moved to Island Grove
township, north of Little Spring creek.... Joel Maxcy died Dec. 27, 1827, in
Sangamon county. His widow lived with her son, Samuel O., but went to visit her
children by the first marriage, and died in Shelby county Feb. 11, 1856."
(History of the early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: "centennial
record" Springfield, Ill.: E.A. Wilson & Co., 1876, p 696-697)
On 8 Nov 1854 M. R. Worsham resigned as administrator of the estate of James
Worsham & Joel M. Worsham and wanted to have the court appoint someone else
to settle the business of each estate. An Administrator’s bond was issued to
Michael Shnider of Christian County and Charles A. Tackett of Shelby Co for
$2000 security on 18 Dec 1854 as Administrator of Joel M. Worsham, dec’d.
Michael Shnider was appointed as Administrator for James Worsham. James Worsham
died intestate on or about 18 Apr 1854 & Joel M. Worsham died intestate on
or about 19 Mar 1854. Guardian Bond was issued to William H. Snell, Samuel D.
West, & Wm K. Eaton for the use of John Bryon Worsham, minor heir of James
Worsham, dec’d. Letters of Guardianship issued to William Snell July term of
Court 1855 (Shelby Co., IL Probate Book A 1854-1856 pp 39 -42; p 111; pp
1.1. William H. Worsham b. 1827 of Sangamon, IL; d. 11 Mar 1843, Shelby,
IL. Buried in the Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL, is Wm. H. son
of J. & A. Worsham d. 11 Mar 1843, age 15 yr, 9 mo, 14 d.
1.2. Joel M. Worsham b. 1829 Sangamon, IL; d. 19 Mar 1854, Shelby, IL. He
is in the 1850 Sangamon Co, IL cens as Joel Washham, age 21, living with
Elizabeth Maxey. He is bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL, as
Joel M. Worsham d. 19 Mar 1854, age 24y, 11m, 22d.
1.3. Mordeicei R. Worsham b. abt 1832 of Shelby, IL; d. 9 Jan 1877,
Shelby, IL. (19-1850) Mordecai m 1st) Jennetta Hays 29 Feb 1852 Christian,
IL. (Vol A, p 50 # 337) Mordica Warsham m 2nd) Harriett L. Snyder
1857 Shelby, IL. (Vol C, p.201) She was b. Dec 1837 and d. 20 May 1863 Shelby,
IL. Mordecar m 3rd) Malinda C. Edwards 30 Sep 1863 Macon, IL. She was b. Jan
1845 of Macon, IL. M. R. Worsham purchased plots in the Westside Cem,
Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL sect 2, row 6, Lot 36, grave 1-6 and is bur there as
Mordeicei G. Worsham d. 9 Jan 1877, age 44yr, 18mo?, 18da. In the Masonic Cem,
Shelby Co, IL is Harriett L. Worsham wife of M. R. Worsham d. 20 May 1863
a=25y, 5 m, 29d.
Child of Harriett:
1.3B.1. George A.
Worsham, probable son of Harriett, b. abt 1860 of
Shelby, IL. He is in the 1880 Shelby Co., IL Cens - Moawequa Twp, p 120B.
Could not read the head of house. Residing in the house are: Daniel H.
Stumbaugh, 10, Son, IL; Theodore L. Snyder, 27, brother in law, IL; George
A. Worsham, 20 Nephew, IL; Louisa W. F. Hays, 53, mother in law, IN; Hattie
E. Portwood, 2, Niece, IL; John W. Reighley, 20, Son, IL.
Children of Malinda:
1.3C.1 Chester C. Worsham b. 25 Aug 1865 Shelby, IL; d. 29 Aug 1866,
Shelby, IL, bur. Westside Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL; Chester C., son of
M. R. & M. C. Worsham d. 29 Aug 1866, age 1 yr, 4 da
1.3C.2. Chester M. Worsham
b. abt 1866 of Macon, IL; m
Helen E. Krust,
b. 19 Apr 1858, TX; d. 30 Mar 1949, Los Angeles, CA. He is Cheston age 13
IL, in the 1880 Macon Co, IL census living with his mother, Malinda P. In
the 1929 Los Angeles CA directory is Helen Worsham (wid C. M.) r 3439 W.
60th. Helen is the d/o Joseph Krust. She md 1st Lamour, children Gertrude
Lamour b: Apr 1882 TX & August A Lamour b: Aug 1884 TX, m 2nd Worsham;
md 3rd William Hatcher b: abt 1840 Americus, GA m 1884 - 1885 TX. (Nel
1.3C.3. Ansie M. Worsham b.
abt 1868 of Macon, IL.
1.3C.4. Orville C. S. Worsham
b. Apr 1874 of Macon, IL. He m
McReynolds b. 20 Oct 1878 Bethany, Moultrie, IL, and d. 26 Oct 1935 Bethany,
1.3C.4.1. Everett M. Worsham b. 9 Jul 1906, Bethany, Moultrie, IL; d.
Oct 1973 of Moultrie, IL.
1.3C.4.2. Stephen M. Worsham b. 1910 Bethany, Moultrie, IL; d. 1935 of
Moultrie, IL. (Tom Butt, 1998)
1.4. Elizabeth A. Worsham
William O. D. Gregory, 26 May 1849, Shelby,
IL. (Shelby Co, IL Mrg, Elizabeth A. Warsham, William O.D. Gregory, Vol 1, p.
Louisa Jane Worsham b 22 Jan 1834 Sangamon Co., IL (15-1850) m. William
Henry Snell 19 Feb 1855 Shelby Co., IL (Shelby Co., Marriages Vol 3, p
177) William b 19 Oct 1816 OH. Mariah was 2nd) wife of William. John B. Washam
age 8 is living with William & Jane Snell in the 1860 Shelbyville, Shelby,
IL census. William is age 44 b OH & Jane is age 27 b IL. Her
husband, William H. Snell was appointed John Bryon Worsham's guardian in July
term of Shelby Court 1855. Mariah d 9 Jan 1863 Shelby Co., IL.
Children: Daniel Boone Snell b 30 Jan 1856 Shelby Co., IL (4-1860; 14-1870) d
Kern, CA 22 Sep 1940 at 84 years of age; Ephraim S. Pugh Snell (2-1860);
Cornelia Agnes Snell (1-1860; 8-1870)
William H Snell md 1st) unknown 7
Oct 1840 Warren Co, OH. They had children Delina C, Sarah E "Sally",
James Zealy, Frederick M, (11-1860) Mary Anna Della (10-1860), Elias(17-1870),
Thisby Jane (8-1860) and Mark Snell. After Maria died, William m. 3rd) Anne
Catherine Summers Black 18 Feb 1864 Shelby Co, IL. They had children Edward
(6-1870; 17-1880), Lillie Belle (5-1870; 14-1880), Alice D. (4-1870; 12-1880)
Anna Emma C.(11-1880), William Henry Jr, (8-1880) Thomas C, Myrtle M, Russell
Patton & Ora Oden Snell. He d 7 Oct 1890 Shelby Co., IL. Mariah &
William are bur in Masonic Cem., Shelby, IL. (Beverly Himes Barger (2004)
1.6. Mary Susan Worsham
b. abt 1837 Sangamon, IL; m
David M. Beck, 31
Dec 1856, Shelby, IL. (Shelby Co, IL Mrg, Mary Susan Warsham, David M. Beck,
Vol C, p. 10) They are in the 1860 Charleston, Coles Co, Illinois census:
David M. Beck age 27 b IL day laborer, Mary S age 22 IL, Dora 3 IL, infant 1
1.7. James J. Worsham Jr. b.
1839 Sangamon, IL; d. 1854, Shelby, IL,
bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL, James J, son of J. &
A. Worsham d. 1854
1.8. Samuel N. Worsham
was b. Aug 1841 of Moweaqua, Shelby, IL, and d. 13 Jun 1905 Decatur, Macon, IL. (6-1850)
He m Nancy C. Smith 10 May 1866
Shelbyville, Shelby, IL. (Vol C, p 204 ) She was b. Sep 1844 of, Shelby, IL,
and d. 3 Jun 1926 Moweaqua, Shelby, IL. He is listed in the (Civil War)
Illinois Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men: Samuel N Worsham Claimed
Residence Moweaqua, Enlist Date 1 Feb 1862, Private Served Illinois Enlisted H
Co. 62nd Inf Reg. IL Mustered Out on 2 May 1865. He is in the 1870 Decatur,
Macon Co, IL cens, as Samuel age 24 IL, Salon Keeper, living at a hotel, p.
393 and again on p. 411 with his wife Nancy age 22. They are in the 1880
Shelby Co, IL cens, as Samuel Worshain age 31 & Nancy C, age 29. They are
in the 1900 Decatur, Macon Co, IL census. He is listed in the Veterans buried
in Macon Co. Cemeteries, Worsham Sam'l. N., Co H 62 Ill Inf.
1.8.1. James Albert Worsham b. 27 Dec 1867 of Macon, IL.
m Martha Jane Hays 4 Jul 1891 Shelby, IL. (Vol 2, p 53) She was b. Jul
1868 of, Shelby, IL.
126.96.36.199. Kittie Worsham b. Apr 1894 of Christian, IL.
188.8.131.52. Joel Worsham b. Jan 1897 of Christian, IL.
184.108.40.206. Wave Worsham b. 13 Oct 1899, Christian, IL; d. Feb 1985,
Moweaqua, Shelby, IL.
220.127.116.11. Ora C. Worsham
b. 11 Sep 1902 of Shelby, IL; d. Feb 1983 Dow, Jersey, IL; m Charlotte Wood, b. 12 May 1908 of Greene, IL; d.
Nov 1978 Dow, Jersey, IL. Ora and Charlotte are bur. Carrollton City
Cem, Carrollton, Greene Co, IL.
1.8.2. Clara Jane Worsham
b. 2 Mar 1873, Shelby, IL; m Logan Hayes, 6
Mar 1890, Christian, IL. (Vol C, p 62, license #7154)
1.8.3. Mary Worsham
b. 3 Jan 1876, Shelby, IL; m
Timothy Lynch, 28
Oct 1895, Macon, IL.
1.8.4. Bessie Elizabeth Worsham
b. 5 Jul 1880, Shelby, IL; m
James F. Shutter, 8 Oct 1898, Macon, IL.
1.9. Daniel F. Worsham b. 1843 Shelby, IL; d. 10 Apr 1866, Shelby, IL.
Daniel is in the 1860 Shelby Co, IL cens, living with Marion Malone, p687. He
is in the (Civil War) Illinois Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men as: Daniel
F Worsham Enlist Date 1 Feb 1862 Private, Served Illinois Enlisted H Co. 62nd
Inf Reg. IL Mustered Out May 1865. He is bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua,
Shelby Co, IL, as D. H. Worsham d. 10 Apr 1866, age 22 y, 11 m, 22 d
1.10. America Isabelle Worsham b. Dec 1846, Shelby, IL; d. 6 May 1854,
Shelby, IL, and bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL, America I,
dau of James & America Worsham d. 6 May 1854, age 7 y, 5 mo, 27 d.
1.11. Daughter Worsham
b. 9 Jun 1850, Shelby, IL; d. 30 Jun 1850, Shelby,
IL, bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL, Two infant daus of J.
& A. Worsham d. 30 Jun 1850, age 21 d.
1.12. Daughter Worsham b. 9 Jun 1850, Shelby, IL; d. 30 Jun 1850,
Shelby, IL, bur. Snyder-Traughber Cem, Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL, Two infant
daus of J. & A. Worsham d. 30 Jun 1850, age 21 d.
John B. Washam b abt 1852
Co, IL. In 1860 he is age 8
living in Shelbyville,
with his probable brother in law William Snell and sister Jane.
John, age 19 bartender, is in the 1870 Decatur, Macon Co, IL cens living
with his brother, Samuel, saloon keeper.
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